Virtual Box Mouse?

R. Scott Evans freebsd-questions at
Mon Jun 16 17:00:59 UTC 2014

On 06/16/14 12:28, Chris Maness wrote:
> Thanks, Warren.  I forgot the "enable" part of hal_enable and
> dbus_enable.  It is working fine now.  It would be nice to have a
> higher screen res for the guest though.  It is very small, but that is
> a topic for a different thread.
> Thanks,
> Chris Maness

Different thread... maybe, but to provide a quick answer to it - this is 
where installing the virtualbox-ose-additions come in.  With the 
additions installed on the guest I can do fullscreen and still don't 
need to create a static xorg.conf.


> On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:
>> On Mon, 16 Jun 2014, R. Scott Evans wrote:
>>> The question that has yet to be asked... are we talking about enabling the
>>> mouse in X windows or in console?
>>> For console all you need is 'moused_enable="YES"' in your /etc/rc.conf.
>>> Enabling it across all local terminals doesn't work well for me as the Mac's
>>> F keys don't work (for me) in VirtualBox.
>>> For X windows, all I added was the hald_enable=YES and dbus_enable=YES to
>>> my /etc/rc.conf.  I did not need to install virtualbox additions or any
>>> xorg.conf.  I just did a fresh install (via pkg) of xorg & xfce4 on a
>>> FreeBSD 10-R-p4 amd64 install in vbox on my mid 2011 iMac running 10.9.3 to
>>> verify this.
>> That's a good point.  The VBox mouse drivers give a seamless mouse, so focus
>> is passed from the host to the VM window and back when the mouse pointer is
>> moved.
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